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31 posts from November 2010

Fri 19

Glitter Ball Gift Bag and Video



Hey Everyone!


Is it OK to post twice in one day? I hope so! Since I spent the day making and editing this video. Why do others make it look so effortless!

Here is the gift bag to hold your gorgeous glitter ball.

Please enjoy the video!





Fri 19

Totally Dave


Hi Everyone!

I know you were expecting part 2 of my video, but to paraphrase John Lennon-"sometimes life gets in the way of making other plans." That is what happen this week. Sooooo.... can you wait a bit longer? I promise to have it ready for my next blog post.

So today I am showing off some cards for my "Totally Dave for the Holidays" class that I am teaching at One Little Spark in Tuckerton NJ. tomorrow. If you are in the area, class begins at 12 and I prepped for LOTS of folks. Come on down!

The plan for class was to keep it simple and "Davelike". It is an impossibility for me!


Lastly you can see that they get progressively more complex. 




Oh for the ability to keep it simple..........

Have a creative weekend and see you all soon!

Thu 18

Holiday Ornaments with Design Adhesives

Each year I give my three children their own special ornament for the Christmas tree.  Some have been purchased, but many are handmade.  Here is a preview of the ornaments they will be receiving this holiday season. Ssshhh...don't tell.


I had a lot of fun decorating these glass ornaments using several of the Design Adhesives from Clearsnap and Memory Box.  They work great with flocking, glitter and foils.  If you want a quick review of how the Design Adhesives work and some other neat project ideas, check out the video tutorial by Laura Fulcher.  It was my inspiration for making these ornaments.  

The snowflake ornament was my first attempt. I used the large snowflake from the Flurries! set with a Plum Crazy Foil sheet by Clearsnap and added white Pearls from Memory Box to the center and the tips. On the back I added several of the smaller flakes from the same set and finished it with Flower Soft's Faux Snow inside the ornament. Create a hanger from your favorite ribbon and it's a ready for the tree! This whole project took less than fifteen minutes. The Design Adhesives worked so well on the curved glass surface and the foil stuck so nicely. I was instantly hooked and couldn't wait to make more.

Here are some of the products I used for all of my ornaments:  

Design Adhesives:  Winter Wonderland, Flurries!, In The Forest, Oh Joy!, Fright NightFrosted Lace Stickles from Ranger, red and green Flocking from Stampendous, Clearsnap Foil Sheets, Clearsnap Sparkle Fibers in Lipstick and Champagne, Faux Snow from Flower Soft, a variety of Memory Box Jewels, Memory Box White Pearls, red, green, gold & silver glitter from Art Institute, Copic markers and various ribbons- the red bow is from a May Arts holiday ribbon.

I had a lot of fun making this one. I started with the row of trees from the Winter Wonderland Design Adhesive set and added green glitter. I put a star from the Fright Night set at the top of each tree and glittered them in gold. The trees were embellished with a variety of Memory Box Jewels. On the back side of this glass ornament I used the deer image from the Winter Wonderland set with Clersnap's Goldmine Foil sheet. To finish it off I removed the ornament crown and added faux snow from Art Institute to the inside.  I really like this one because it looks like the deer is running behind the trees in this picture. When you turn it around, it looks like the trees are in the background and the deer is the focus.  Fun!

I used the Oh Joy! set to make this snowman ornament. I covered the snowman in silver glitter and used the Copic markers to make a hat, stick arms, and a face. (Check Sue's tutorial about making glitter ball ornaments where she has tips for using Copic markers to color the crown around the top of the ornament.) I added an 1/8 inch strip of scor-tape across the hat with green glitter, I gave him a red flocked scarf, and finally, I added a red glittered bird from the In the Forest Design Adhesive set. Just a few mini snowflakes from the Flurries! set  were also added around the snowman's head, and a "dusting" of snow created with Frosted Lace Stickles at his feet. Inside the ornament I put a mixture of Clearsnap's Lipstick and Champagne Sparkle Fibers for added interest. On the backside I added three trees with green flocking and one red glittered bird, both are also from the In The Forest set.

If you are planning to create some handmade gifts this holiday season, be sure to check out the many different sets of Design Adhesives that coordinate with Memory Box images. They are so easy to use and very versatile on many surfaces.  You'll quickly make elegant gifts that will dazzle your family and friends.



Wed 17

Shimmer and Shine

If I could pick just one magical, perfect snowflake from this winter's first snowfall - it would be the Crystal Snowflake (E1410).  Let it be vintage, bold, artsy or elegant  -  it's just waiting to be embossed and highlighted on your greetings of the season.

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It's stamped with ColorBox True Blue, then embossed with Opalescent powder for a shimmery, glimmery glow in shades of azure, teal, violet and turquoise.  Next, it's paired with "peace" from the Memory Box Collection Calm and Bright Design Adhesives, and Sapphire glitter.  Two tiny, sparkly Sky Blue Jewel Stickers are the finishing touch.

Hope you like the colors and iridescence of this card as much as I do.  Make one or two, or a dozen - every embossed snowflake will be unique - like they are in nature.


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Tue 16

Gittered Snowflake


I LOVE LOVE LOVE this snowflake image.  The detailed snowflake was the perfect centerpiece to my simple card background.  With just a few ingredients  you can create this card too!  Here is the recipe to get you going!

1.  Start with a white A2 notecard and stamp the Renaissance Tile (G1404) stamp in Versamark going down the side and emboss with ultra fine silver embossing powder.

2.  Cut a piece of Lagoon to 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 and punch one edge with a decorative border punch.  I used the ek Success Dotted Scallop Edger Punch.

3.  Cut a piece of Silver Soiree cardstock to 3 x 3 1/4 and adhere to your Lagoon square.

4.  Stamp the Crystall Snowflake (E1410) with a glue pad onto your Silver Soiree cardstock.  I used the Tsukineko Essential Glue Pad.  I love this glue pad because you don't have to heat set it for the glue to work.  Cover with glitter and then shake off the excess and VOILA - you have a beautiful glittered snowflake.  I used Inkadinkadoo glitter powder in Turquoise.

5.  Add a bit of ribbon to the side of your image and adhere the entire square to your card using foam tape.

6.  To add just a little bit of extra bling and finish off my card I added some Jewel Stickers in Deep Lagoon to the tips of the snowflake.

If you are looking for an elegant yet simple card to create for your holidays this might just be the one for you!

Happy Crafting!

Mon 15

Christmas Ornament


These fun medallion ornaments/tags have been so popular and I have seen so many pretty ones online that I wanted to create one and thought what better image than the beautiful Partridge in a PearTree (D1399) as my focal point. (Now I only need to get Dave to design the next 11 days to finish my set. :)

These are so easy to create. Here are a few steps to put them together:

  1. Score two coordinating 6" x 6" pattern paper every 1/2".
  2. Cut four 2" x 6" strips of paper. I ended up using two different sheets of paper one from Mistletoe and the other from Tinsel. They were similar in color and pattern so they worked well together. If you want to make your ornament double sided you will need to double the pieces.
  3. Cut two 2 1/2" scallop circles from Truffle cardstock. Cut two 2 1/4" circles from Tinsel PP. Cut two 2" circles from white cardstock.
  4. Sponge edges of white cardstock and paper with brown dye ink.
  5. Stamp Partridge using brown ink on white cardstock circle and on pattern paper. Cut out Partridge from pattern paper. Distress edges by sponging with brown dye ink. Color in beak using watercolor pencils.
  6. Color image on white cardstock excluding bird body.
  7. Attach bird to white cardstock. Attach stamped image to background circle and to scalloped circle.
  8. Accent pear with fine glitter and edge of circle with chunky glitter.
  9. Run tape on ends of scored papers and attach the pieces together to form one long 2" x 24" piece of pattern paper. Fold paper accordion style.
  11. Attach last folded edge to other folded edge to form a circle of pleats.
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  13. Now the tricky part. :)  Push the folded circle to the middle to form your medallion.  Before doing this you will need something to hold it together.  Apply tacky glue (Glossy Accents) onto the backside of your scallop circles have them sitting near by before you push your pleated circle together.  Put the pleated circle on the bottom one and then place the top one on top of the front and set something on it to hold it in place while it dries. Or you can use chunky glue dots in the center of your pleated medallion to hold it together and then attach your scalloped pieces using tacky red line tape.
  14. Accent edges of medallion using glue pen and chunky glitter.
  15. Punch hole and attach ribbon or twine.

I will warn you that this is so easy and fun that you will want to make lots of them. :)  You can change sizes, lengths and prints so easily with these.

Have a lovely Monday!


Sun 14

Peppermint Penguin Express


This is one of the items made at a recent class I taught and will be teaching next Friday and Saturday.  When I first saw the A1382 Twinkle Ball, it looked like a peppermint candy to me.  As I was looking at the bag sample for class, I saw a train car a train car with peppermint wheels.  So then I had to figure out how to make a train engine.  This is what I came up with.  I tried and tried (with my helpful husband) to photograph the train card and this is the best we managed:


This card uses a notecard scored 2 inches from the bottom of the colored side (so the card is basically used inside out).  I used a rectangle of last year's Dewfrost paper to make the "sky" and stamped F1177 Bare Oak in the background with the bird from the end of B1385 Heaven Sings.  The engine is moving along on tracks made from a fence punch.  (Both sides of strip of paper were punched.)  The C1383 Sleek Penguins are driving the train.  To make the back of the card stand up, you take a piece of cardstock about 4" x 5-3/8" and score in the middle and fold add a rectangle (about 1-1/2" x 3-3/4") to the back of the folded brace piece (should look like a "T").  The front section needed another brace so I made a "U" shaped piece by folding a piece roughly 1-1/2 x 2 inches with the ends folded up (about 1/2") to make the card stand up. 

For the engine I made a template from a 1/4" gridded 5x8 index card.  I'll try to attach the template here.  I've never done this before, so I hope it works.

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Hopefully you will get the template when you click on it.  The top of the train has a strip of black card stock 2-3/4" x 1/2".  I used a 1/4" corner rounder on two of the edges. The penguins are cut out and placed behind the cut out for the window.  Behind the penguins is a piece of vellum that I sponged with Distress Tumbled Glass ink.  The engineer's hat is made from a scrap on Cranberry Sicily cardstock.  Here's how the wheels and smoke stack were put together:


Lots of circle punches were used as you can see.  I just winged this project and want to encourage you to take some time to let your imagination flow and see where it takes you.  Have a fun ride on the Peppermint Penguin Express and have a great Sunday!


Sun 14

More Brilliant Maple Cards!

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These cards are submitted by Sue H, an instructor for the Madison location of Scrapbook and Stamping Memories.  Sue created these cards using a distress ink technique and these stamps: Brilliant Maple stamp (F1402) Happy Fall stamp (B1420).  Sue used the rich colors of fall and simple embellishments to create these unique cards.  Join her in one of her classes to learn her distressing technique!

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This shaker card was made using the same stamps (Brilliant Maple F1402 and Happy Fall B1420).Stamp the Maple in brown ink and sponge the background with yellow and orange inks to create a sunset background. Use the Autumn Flower soft product over the leaves and as the 'leaves' in the shaker pouch.  The layering paper is an older Memory Box paper from the Brandywine collection (Picnic). 

Happy Fall!

Fri 12

Glitter Balls


When I start making gorgeous, glitzy and glittery balls I know the Holiday season is upon us! I make these by the dozens every year for gifts and for my own tree. 

They are the perfect teacher gift and your kids can help too. 

The crystal snowflake E1410 from the Winter Wonder collection is the perfect ornament topper for these dazzling  balls.

Here is a Memory Box exclusive video on how to make these little gems.


 Stay tune for my next posting which will feature the video on how to make a special gift bag for your glitter ball .



Fri 12

Welcome Autumn


 The seasons are a changin' --even in Southern California.  Last night was more than brisk...it's was downright cold.  But that cold air is what makes the leaves turn a beautiful array of Fall colors.  That is the inspiration for this card. 

  The Brilliant Maple (F1402) was inked using Tsukineko's Coffee Bean, Rocket Red Gold, Pumpkin Spice and Sage and stamped "off the paper".  I then paired patterned and solid Memory Box papers to coordinate with the ink hues.  The Rocket Red Gold has a metallic sheen that sparkles and shines giving the Maple it's brilliance.  There are several trees in my neighborhood whose leaves are blazing with color!

  I added the die cut Maple leaves in the corner to serve as a background for the message "Wishing you a Happy Fall" (B1420).  They are Spellbinders dies from their Fall leaves set---they even have embossed veins on the leaves.  

  I also used Ranger Distress inks (Fall colors --Scattered Straw, Bundled Sage and Barn Door) on the background to add overall warmth to the card--sort of a butterscotch feel.  I tried to coordinate the stamps papers and inks to create a festive Fall card---hope you like it!

Happy Friday!  Take some time to create this weekend and throw another log on the fire.